VANCOUVER, Oct. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - About 8 million Canadians (22 per cent)
will be eating Thanksgiving dinner with a twist, a dietary one.
Thankfully the majority of Canadians (74 per cent) will be
accommodating the dietary needs of their friends and family this
Thanksgiving, according to a new survey commissioned by Udi's Healthy
Foods. These dietary needs include vegetarian (eight per cent),
gluten-free, raw food and low carbohydrate (five per cent each).
"Accommodating friends and family members who are following a vegetarian
or low carbohydrate diet is fairly straight-forward," says Diana
Steele, RD, a registered dietitian and owner of Eating for Energy
Nutrition Consulting in Vancouver. "It's more challenging when it
involves preparing gluten-free meals. For those who are not gluten-free
themselves, identifying foods that are safe for guests with a gluten
intolerance can be difficult. Serving a gluten-free substitute is the
simplest way to accommodate gluten-free guests."
When asked to name three essential items for Thanksgiving dinner, turkey
is tops. Nearly three-quarters of respondents (74 per cent) say turkey
is the most essential dish, followed by mashed potatoes (46 per cent)
and stuffing (40 per cent).
Fifteen per cent of Canadians report being concerned or confused about
how to address special requirements at Thanksgiving. Only 6 per cent of
Canadians report being annoyed at making special accommodations or wish
the person would not attend.
For the willing, concerned and confused, Udi's has the following
classic, failsafe gluten-free recipe options for them to try:
Here are a few fun Canadian gluten-free Thanksgiving stats - according
to Udi's recent poll:
Approx. 4.3 million Canadians (12.3 per cent) follow a gluten-free or
Of those who have made the switch, 21 per cent point to a gluten
intolerance and 15 per cent have done so to support a family member.
84 per cent of Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving.
British Columbians (10 per cent) are more likely than the national
average (5 per cent) to incorporate a gluten-free dish into their
Thanksgiving meal, followed by Albertans (6 per cent) and Ontarians (5
Twenty-four percent of Canadians who are gluten-free or reduced report
cheating with bread.
Common Hidden Sources of Gluten at Thanksgiving- Check Labels Carefully:
Sauces, Seasoning and Marinades (Soy Sauce, Mustard, blended seasoning
Pumpkin Pie Crust
About Diana Steele, B.Sc. (Diet.), RD
Diana Steele is a registered dietitian and owner of Eating for Energy, a
nutrition consulting company. Committed to teaching nutrition in a
realistic and do-able way, Diana has provided personalized nutrition
counselling to over 2000 individuals, couples and families. She is also
a professional speaker and author. As a mother, business woman and
wife, Diana creates balance in her life and still manages to 'walk the
talk' by eating well, and is committed to being active.
Udi's Healthy Foods LLC (Udi's) is a leader in the fast growing market
for gluten-free foods in North America. Udi's markets a diversified and
growing range of gluten-free products under the well-recognized Udi's
Gluten Free Foods brand in the retail market, and since mid-2011, food
service channels. Udi's Gluten Free Foods is a leading brand in
gluten-free bread and bakery products. In addition, Udi's markets other
gluten-free products in the frozen pizza and granola categories.
From July 19th to July 22nd 2013 an online survey was conducted among
2,530 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum
panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is
+/- 1.95%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically
weighted according to education, age, gender and region (and in
Quebec language) Census data to ensure a sample representative of the
entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals
are due to rounding.
Image with caption: "Udi's gluten-Free Cranberry Walnut Stuffing (CNW Group/Udi's Healthy Foods LLC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131006_C7598_PHOTO_EN_31740.jpg
Image with caption: "Udi's gluten-Free Snickerdoodle Pumpkin Pie (CNW Group/Udi's Healthy Foods LLC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131006_C7598_PHOTO_EN_31741.jpg
PDF available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2013/10/06/20131006_C7598_DOC_EN_31742.pdf
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SOURCE: Udi's Healthy Foods LLC
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